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WikiLeaks and whistleblowers

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When online whistleblower WikiLeaks started publishing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. embassy cables in December 2010, from unflattering assessments of world leaders to secret plans to topple governments, IFEX members argued that Julian Assange and other contributors should not be prosecuted under laws governing state secrets or espionage.

While members regretted the decision by WikiLeaks to later publish the cables unredacted - thereby putting sources at risk - they stood behind the principle of encouraging whistleblowers to come forward and aiding the public's right to know.

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